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  1. Re: Mandolin playing mindset vs guitar playing mindset

    What helped me starting on mandolin after 30+ years as a guitar player was just abandoning most things I knew, and thinking of it like a fretted fiddle.

    Different left hand position. Not freaking...
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    Re: Octave tuning/string tension question

    I found the same problem when I briefly tried octave strings my OM when playing melody. The original melody line was fractured too much by jumping back and forth.

    Also, I think you lose some of...
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    Re: Help with EQ/Frequency Issue

    The lowest note on a mandolin is the open G at 196 Hz. Some of the thumping may be below that, so you could try a highpass EQ a little below that frequency instead of trying to target specific...
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    Re: SIMPLE Editing Software for PC

    You could do that, but if I understand what you're suggesting, you would need the backing track playing on speakers somewhere and you're playing live along with it, all recorded together into the...
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    Re: SIMPLE Editing Software for PC

    I don't know how the Windows 10 Photo app works, but a standard video editor like Adobe Premier Elements will show the camera-recorded audio as a waveform below the video rendering area. You can then...
  6. Re: OM closed position fingering and pinky and FFCP

    For most of us, whether or not to use a closed system like FFCP will depend on the genre of music you're playing, and whether you're playing melodies or backup for other instruments or singing.

    I...
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    Re: SIMPLE Editing Software for PC

    If you plan to do enough video to justify a paid editor, I can recommend Adobe Premier Elements 2021. I think it's around $60-$80 depending on where you buy it. Unlike the main Adobe programs it's a...
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    The original design had the cord molded into the mic body. The current design has a detachable cord, so you could carry a spare if you were worried about it. I think the reason the cords are so thin...
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    Re: Mic for onboard use

    I've used the DPA 4099 system clip-on mics for years and it's worked very well. I have several for use on my mandolin, my OM, a guitar partner's acoustic guitar and another partner's fiddle. Great...
  10. Re: Octave mandolin advantages for an established guitar player?

    That's my philosophy also, but then I'm a strictly instrumental player on OM and not accompanying vocals where capos are sometimes needed for a singer's preferred key.

    Some of the OM's growl and...
  11. Re: Octave mandolin advantages for an established guitar player?

    Back when I had a performing duo playing mandolin backed by a very good guitar player, we tried to incorporate my OM for a few tunes just for variety. It didn't work; there was just too much overlap....
  12. Thread: O.M.'s

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    Re: O.M.'s

    The only penance you must do now is learn the proper term for the unique sound of an OM as used here on the Cafe, and that's "chorrnng."

    Actually I'm not sure I spelled that right, is it one or...
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    Re: reverse music identification

    There is an online web site and phone app called TunePal designed to identify "traditional Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Breton, American marching band and Canadian tunes."

    It won't work with full...
  14. Re: Emotional hearing, and changing out my 7-year old strings...

    I guess there are three types of fretted string instrument players. Those who can hear what happens to intonation over time if they don't change strings frequently enough, those who can't hear it at...
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    Re: Octave Recommendations?

    Don't assume oval holes have more sustain than F-holes. There's a LOT more to instrument design and build quality that contribute to sustain than just the sound hole design. My Weber Yellowstone F...
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    Re: Modes of the diatonic scale?

    Maybe this well help those like me who sometimes need visual aids to understand this stuff. It's a graphic I found somewhere on the web that includes modes in a Circle of 5ths chart. It helped me...
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    Re: Scottish Mandolins

    If you're interested in going the electronic route for quiet practice, you might want to check out the WARBL Midi instrument: https://warbl.xyz/

    Check out the demo video at that site. It's...
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    Re: Scottish Mandolins

    FWIW, the pipers I've played with in mixed Scottish/Cape Breton/Irish sessions use "indoor" pipes -- either Smallpipes, Border pipes, or Reelpipes in the key of D like a flute or whistle. If you ever...
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    Re: Octave Mandolin | Technique Nightmare

    To add to the good advice above, here's a few more thoughts from someone who has played a 22" scale OM for a while. My hands are on the large side, but I'm getting up in years (68) so I don't have...
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    Re: REELS: What are your favorites?

    What I'd consider favorite reels is always in flux, as I get excited by new ones I'm learning and then let some old favorites fall off the back end of memory. Anyway, here are some favorites I've...
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    Re: First Learning Session: Seeking Feedback

    I've heard very good guitar backers use small bits of melody to connect chords, but it has to match the melody line everyone else is playing or it will be distracting. The main risk in that approach...
  22. Re: What's the big deal about changing strings?

    I have it down to about 20 minutes, taking it nice and easy. Once a month or a little sooner depending on when I might be playing out of the house at a gig or Irish session (no gigs these days).
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    Re: First Learning Session: Seeking Feedback

    As others mentioned, it would help to know what kind of piper you're dealing with. Some types might work okay in a learning session, others won't, and the skill of the piper is also a factor.

    I...
  24. Re: What price level and up gets you a "lifelong keeper" mandolin

    I had played guitar for 30-odd years before buying my first mandolin, and by that time I had moved up into custom luthier-built acoustic guitars in the $3,00-$5,000 USD price range.

    When I decided...
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    Re: LR Baggs Align Session Pedal

    With the disclaimer that I haven't tried this pedal myself, I'm always very cautious about use of compression in a live sound reinforcement system. If you absolutely know what you're doing with...
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